Friday, November 11, 2011



What do you get when you combine a Shakespearean actor and live animals? The answer is a great new fun way to experience the nature and culture around us.

In our new special program Animal Encounters: Tales from the Wild runs Nov. 20-23 & 25-26, Alastair Jaques portrays an 1880s natural scientist explorer who comes face to face with live animals.

You've heard the old adage of actors and vaudevillians: “I never work with animals or kids.” Well, Alastair will have both – he’ll work with the world’s largest breed of owl, the Eurasian eagle owl that will soar over the audience with its 6-foot wingspan, a blue-tongued skink and other animals. (The audience, so close that they will practically be a part of the show, will include lots of kids.)

Alastair is equipped, having once worked with a circus and so is accustomed to working with animals, and he’s taken his one-man show about Edgar Allen Poe around the region. He’s done some great research for his role here as the intrepid character and will draw the audience into his tale of encountering wild raptors and reptiles of the American frontier and abroad.

We're excited about our rehearsals and will keep you posted on how it's working!

Animal Encounters: Tales from the Wild - Nov. 20-23 & 25-26
Enter the world of an 1880s natural scientist explorer as you come face to face with live animals! Unleash your imagination as this intrepid character draws you into his tale of encountering wild raptors and reptiles of the American frontier and abroad. An amazing journey of fun and enrichment. 11 am and 1:30 pm Members: $5; Non-members $7 plus Museum admission. Tickets on sale now at www.highdesertmuseum.org

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